Punxsutawney Phil hasn't poked his head out to predict the rest of our winter weather on Groundhog's Day, but the less-fuzzy forecasters from the Weather Company are already telling us to prep for colder temps, according to a report from the Weather Channel. Despite the mild winter most of us have experienced so far, Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with the Weather Company, says February will likely be colder than normal for much of the United States.
"The long-anticipated cold February across the eastern US continues to be strongly supported by our suite of sub-seasonal and seasonal statistical/dynamical models, resulting in an unusually high-confidence forecast," Dr. Crawford explains. This means, as the Farmers' Almanac predicted, much of the country should brace for below-average temperatures starting in February and stretching all the way through to April. Take a look at the map below to see what you can expect in your area:
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Although we're used to the weather getting warmer in the South before anywhere else, this prediction completely flips that around. February's cold weather will linger through much of the southern Midwest area throughout March. Areas from New Mexico spanning all the way down to Florida can likely expect colder than average temperatures into April — though they'll hopefully only be slightly cooler.
By mid-April, parts of the upper Midwest can expect the warmer temperatures they're used to welcoming, if not slightly above average. Like the Midwest, most of the Northeast can expect higher temperatures to arrive in April after receiving a hefty portion of the below-average temps from February and March. California, Oregon, and Washington will also benefit from the warmer weather in the North with their temperatures warming up by April this year.
Basically, it all boils down to at least a month of frigid temperatures for the bulk of the US, with the South holding onto it longer than the rest. Though the forecasts can change as time goes on, we know one thing for sure: We can't wait to start seeing maps that look like this one again!